J. Lee Jackson, President & Co-Owner
Mr. Jackson has owned and successfully operated beer distributorships for over 30 years. As well as his current duties of President of J&L, he also runs the day to day business at Triangle Wholesalers in Columbus, Ga. Mr. Jackson is a past member of the Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association board of directors and has been the recipient of numerous supplier awards throughout the years.
Donald M. Leebern, III, Chairman & Co-Owner
Mr. Leebern has been in the beverage industry for over 25 years. He is the President and Owner of Georgia Crown, Alabama Crown, and Tennessee Crown Distributing Companies. He is well respected within the industry, holding board positions on several industry associations. Mr. Leebern is a past member of Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association board of directors.
Ross D. Smith, Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Mr. Smith spent the first 23 years of his career with Miller Brewing Company in various positions in operations, marketing, and field sales. He joined J&L in April 2003, shortly after the formation of the company. Mr. Smith is a past member of the Georgia Beer Wholesalers Association board of directors.
Jean Stanley, Sr. Vice President of Finance
Ms. Stanley has been affiliated with the beer industry for the past 20+ years. Prior to joining J&L, Ms. Stanley was the Vice President of Finance for North Georgia Distributing Company, which was purchased by J&L in 2003. Ms. Stanley is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of several professional financial societies.
Tony L. Mays, Vice President of National Accounts & Market Development
Mr. Mays is responsible for the administration of our local and national chain retail accounts. He also oversees local market development efforts and is responsible for sales training for the company. He has 30+ years of beer, wine and spirits sales experience. He started in direct sales in Montgomery, AL. in 1980. In 1997 he accepted a sales position with the Coors Brewing Co., holding many roles, including Co-Facilitator for the Coors Sales Management System (SMS). Prior to joining J&L, Mr. Mays was a MillerCoors Chain Sales Manager, responsible for Walmart/Sam’s Club.
Brad Genners, Vice President/General Manager
Mr. Genners is the Vice President and General Manager of Beverage South of Aiken/Columbia. Starting in his family’s beer distributorships, Brad experienced all aspects of each distributor position before progressing to a larger organization. Over the next several years he served in the roles of Branch Manager, General Manager, VP Sales/Marketing, and President of Distributorships in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. His career has given him extensive experience in market consolidations, acquisitions, and reorganizations as the industry evolved over many years. With this background, as well as experience in non-alcohol and wine/spirits, he possesses the knowledge and expertise to lead the team in the ever changing beer market.
David Moody, Senior Manager – North Georgia
Mr. Moody oversees J&L wholesalers, North Georgia Distributing Company, Classic City Beverages, and Beverage South of Augusta. Mr. Moody has been in the beverage industry for over 30 years. Mr. Moody began his career with J&L as the General Manager of the Albany operation (Better Brands of South Georgia). In 2005, he transferred to Classic City Beverages. During his time in Athens, Mr. Moody enjoyed three straight years of solid growth and was awarded two Coors’ Presidents Award, as well as the Founders Award for 2006.
Michael Whitley, NA Sales Manager
Mr. Whitley oversees the J&L portfolio of non-alcoholic brands (sodas, juices, energy drinks, water and milk). He began his career with Coca-Cola Enterprises in 1999 as a District Sales Manager in Atlanta GA and joined J&L in 2006 as the Red Bull Brand Manager. Mr. Whitley has been the NA Sales Manager since 2009.
Brian Hupp, Regional Director
Mr. Hupp has over 25 years’ experience in the Beverage Industry, both on the Supplier and Distributor side. His past positions bring to Beverage South a wealth of exposure to Distributors across the US and best practices that exist in those markets. He has managed multiple facilities and has a vast knowledge of all types of markets in the US. Brian’s knowledge of the beer, wine, and soft drink market will provide us tremendous experience, insight and expertise to lead his team into the future.
Scott Allen, Business Development Manager
Mr. Allen joined J&L Ventures in the spring of 2014 to focus on Market Development. His duties include launching new brands, go to market strategies, and gap closing initiatives along with special projects. He started his career in Atlanta at a beer distributor in 1995. He joined Coors Brewing Company in 2000 and held numerous sales roles in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Prior to joining the J&L team, he spent 4 years on the MillerCoors National Account Walmart team in the Southeast.
Robert Thomas, Manager of Logistics and Inventory
Mr. Thomas oversees the efficiencies and inventory levels of J&L wholesalers.
Rick Bentley, Controller
Mr. Bentley oversees the financial and accounting departments at J&L wholesalers.
Deb Powell – pricing
Carlan Mimmie – pricing